Bay Area Knitters

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hello Bay Area Knitters!

Hello Bay Area Knitters! 

Not quite sure how I became a contributor of this blog but I think I can take on the task.  Seeing that it has been years since the last post I think this is something we need to bring back to life, But I need to know people are following and what you would be interested in learning about? Hearing about? Do you want events posted? What I can I do help you and make this a successful blog.  

I personally have been knitting approx 6-7 years and love it.  Although I don't get to do it as much as I would like I would be more than happy to help in anyway I can.  

Let me know what I can do to help! 


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Peninsula 2 Pier 2008 - Sept 18-21

Get Ready! The 2008 Peninsula 2 Pier LYS Shop Hop has been scheduled for September 18-21. Join 19 outstanding local yarn stores from Burlingame to Carmel for this fun weekend event.

Stop at any one of the participating 19 stores and pick up your P2P passport and map.

Visit each of the participating shops between September 18 and 21 and collect passport stamps at each of them. Build your stash and collect inspiration along the way. Don’t forget to collect your free exclusive one-skein knitting pattern designed by each store when you purchase the yarn to make the pattern.

No purchase is necessary to have your passport stamped.

Turn in your completed passport at the last shop you visit. This MUST be done during the LYS Shop Hop. If your passport contains stamps from all of the participating shops, you’ll be in the running for our fabulous grand prize!

Even if you don’t make it to all of the shops, you still have a chance to win in a raffle drawing by turning in your passport with 12 or more stamps!

Those with 19 stamps are eligible for the drawing for a $500 gift certificate to the store of the winner’s choice.

Those with 15 or more stamps are eligible for the drawing for a $300 gift certificate to the store of the winner’s choice.

Those with 12 or more stamps are eligible for the drawing for a $150 gift certificate to the store of the winner’s choice.

You need not be present to win. Winners will be notified using the contact information they provided in their passports. The winners’ names will be posted on this website as soon as it is available.
Pick your starting point and hit the road!

For more details, visit the Peninsula 2 Pier site or check in with any of the 19 participating stores.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Melisssa Leapman coming to Nine Rubies Knitting in January!

Noted author and designer Melissa Leapman is coming to Nine Rubies Knitting in January for a weekend of workshops! Melissa is the author of more than 5 knitting and crochet books, and her designs have appeared in every major knitting magazine. She has also been a guest on DIY's Knitty Gritty several times. Melissa is known for her contemporary but classic design pattern, cable, and crochet wizadry.

Nine Rubies Knitting has been fortunate to have a number of top designers and authors come to the shop in 2007. We've heard from many customers that they would have loved to work on socks with Nancy Bush, learned valuable tips from Lily Chin, learned combination knitting from Annie Modesitt or modular knitting from Iris Schreier. Alas, these classes were all during the week. Well, we've listened to our customers and will be doing workshops on the weekend. Melissa has taught these classes several times at Stitches and the TKGA shows. Now's your chance to enjoy them in the cozy atmosphere here at the shop.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, January 26th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Basic Pattern Drafting ($70 plus materials)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Crochet for Cowards ($70 plus $20 materials fee payable to the instructor)

Sunday, January 27th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Cable Ready ($70 plus materials)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Celtic Cables ($70 plus materials)

Please stop by the shop or call 650-685-6205 to register.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Free Knitalongs at Nine Rubies Knitting

Nine Rubies Knitting in San Mateo is hosting two free knitalongs this fall. Check out the blog or call the store (650-685-6205) for details. The knitalongs are free but pre-registration is required.

A brief summary of both knitalongs is below.

Yarn requirements: 1200 yards laceweight yarn ( fingering weight can be used; the stole will be larger). Solid or semi-solid colors are recommended. We have yarns from The Alpaca Yarn Company, Baywood Yarns, Schaefer, Prism and Misti Alpaca that would all be suitable. We have the divine Malabrigo laceweight coming in mid to late September as another option. The colors will be gorgeous.

Bead Requirements: Approximately 300 size 6 or 8 beads.
Sign Ups: You need to join the Yahoo Groups ( to get the clues. Membership closes on October 5th. We also ask that you register at the store so we know how many people to expect.

Dates: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, beginning October 8th and continuing for eight weeks. The last session will be Monday, November 26th.

Deconstructing New Pathways for Sock Knitters - FreeNew Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One, by Cat Bordhi, is creating a revolution in sock knitting. The book introduces 8 new architectures, each of which has new and unique features and benefits. The KAL will explore these architectures over a space of 10 weeks, meeting every other week.
Each meeting will focus on another new architecture and KALers can choose whichever sock they want to make with that architecture.
New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One, by Cat Bordhi. (Book available from Nine Rubies)
Skills: Participants should have sufficient experience in sock knitting to have completed at least one pair of traditional socks (using any method)
Schedule: Saturdays, 1 - 3 pm
Session 1: 10/13 - Sky Architecture
Session 2: 10/27 - Coriolis
Session 3: 11/10 - Upstream or Cedar
Session 4: 11/24* - Riverbed or Foxglove
Session 5: 12/8 - Ridgeline or Sidestream
*11/24 meeting may be rescheduled if majority of group will be absent
A detailed list of recommended yarns for each architecture is available at the shop.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Anniversary Sale at Marin Fiber Arts

Marin Fiber Arts in San Rafael is celebrating its 2-year anniversary with a store-wide sale! All in-stock yarn is at least 25% off, with a long list of selected yarns up to 50% off. In addition, all books are discounted 20% off. The sale runs now through Sunday, September 30th.

Additionally, to thank everyone for their support, we are raffling off four scarf kits - one on each Saturday and Sunday during the sale - featuring 2 balls of Karabella Boise, an amazing cashmere/merino blend (need not be present to win).

Marin Fiber Arts

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Help Wanted at Full Thread Ahead

Full Thread Ahead is looking for part-time staff. We provide competitive pay and an attractive employee discount. Some weekends, school vacations, and evening hours.

Job Duties include: Working with customers in selecting yarns, patterns, and products; Providing technical guidance in both crochet and knitting; Merchandising including: inventory and tagging arriving items,stocking shelves, keeping store neat and organized; Assisting with programs, during and after-hours onsite and offsite events

Job Skills Required: Medium to expert skills in Knitting and/or crocheting Retail & Customer Service Experience Willingness to work as a team with both adults and children Creative, customer-service oriented, upbeat outlook

Please contact us at if interested

Friday, September 14, 2007

Customer Appreciation Sale at Nine Rubies Knitting

2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day 2007 is Saturday, September 22nd from 10 am - 5 pm.

In honor of the event, everything in the store will be 15% off all day (20% for members). Store Members also have the added advantage of beginning to buy on the 17th of September. There will be refreshments served in the late afternoon on Sept. 22nd. This is a great time to get your holiday lists started and stock up on all the yarn that will be needed for those great gifts that you are going to be handing out.

And just like last year, we will be having the annual customer trunk show. Bring anything you’ve made since Nine Rubies opened and we will display it in the front window. Or just come and admire what other people have made and be inspired by your fellow knitters. Stay tuned for additional events and games that we will add between now and then.
Nine Rubies Knitting is located at 28 E. 3rd Avenue in downtown San Mateo. There is street parking and a parking structure around the corner at 2nd Avenue and El Camino. Call the store with questions (650-685-6205).

PS: As usual we will not be winding yarn on Sale Day, but we will be happy to wind them if you bring them back to the store another day.